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Welcome Weekend consists of four intense days of student, faculty, and staff interactions with a focus on:

  • Providing challenging experiences that emphasize active learning
  • Stressing the integration of curricular, co-curricular and residential activities
  • Valuing the knowledge, perspectives, and input of others
  • Understanding that important issues rarely have one, simple solution; appreciate that there are multiple ways of knowing
  • Committing to your own emotional and physical well-being 
  • Promoting service to the larger community
  • Taking responsibility for your own learning 

It is our goal that you become an informed, involved, and active participant from the very beginning of your Drake experience. We are excited about your arrival and can't wait to welcome you as a member of the Drake community.

What To Expect

Welcome Weekend is NOT an extension of high school; it is NOT summer camp; it is NOT the same as summer orientation.

  • It IS an opportunity for you to get to know your First Year Seminar (FYS) classmates and students on your floor and in the residence hall; commuter students can connect with each other as well those enrolled in their FYS.
  • It IS an expectation of your college or school you will attend a meeting on Thursday, August 22, where you will learn about college-specific information and interact with faculty and staff.
  • It IS an expectation that you will participate in ALL Welcome Weekend scheduled events and planned activities throughout the fall semester.
  • It IS an opportunity to get better acquainted with your Peer Mentor/Academic Consultant (PMAC).

What’s a PMAC?

Your Welcome Weekend and fall semester experience will be enhanced by interactions with your Peer Mentor/Academic Consultant (PMAC). Peer Mentor/Academic Consultants are upper-class student volunteers assigned to First Year Seminar (FYS) groups. Communication with your PMAC will begin in late July and continue throughout the fall semester. Based on research findings and past experiences, we believe peer-to-peer interaction with an emphasis on students' academic success and personal development is particularly important to overall growth during the first year in college. They have experienced the challenges and changes associated with being first-year students at Drake and they want to make sure that you, too, are acclimated to your new environment before classes begin. PMACs will continue to serve as a resource and motivator throughout the fall semester. 

Commuter Connections

There will be a commuter student meeting on Wednesday, August 21 at the start of Welcome Weekend. Please be checking your Drake email for additional information about this commuter student meeting. In the meantime, here are some tips for staying involved and engaged on campus.

Eating On Campus

Whether you’re looking for a cup of coffee, a quick snack, or wanting to eat breakfast or lunch, we encourage commuter students to eat on campus at least once or twice a week if possible. Take advantage of our on-campus dining options including Hubbell, Quad Creek Cafe, or one of our coffee shops and grab a bite with some of your classmates after your FYS!

Engage Over Social Media

Many PMACs will set up Facebook groups for the students in their FYS. This can be a good source of information for a commuter student on what is happening outside-of-the classroom with FYS classmate and to find people from class to study with. This is also a great way for commuter students to share more about themselves.

Access to Residence Halls

All commuter students will have access to the residence halls during the fall semester in order to stay connected with your classmates and meet as a group outside of your scheduled class time. 

We also encourage commuter students to do the following to stay connected to campus.

  • Choose to work on assignments in the library and in Olmsted instead of at home
  • Join a campus organization or club
  • Obtain on-campus employment as an alternative to off- campus employment
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